Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The "new" Vogue Pattern Magazine

Last night when I got home the new Dec/Jan Vogue Pattern Magazine was waiting for me. 


I saved it until I climbed into bed and was pleasantly surprised.  I love how they've continue to evolve and update the magazine.  But what surprised me the most is the similarities it shares with BurdaStyle Magazine.

First ~ all of the patterns not only have a photograph and a description but there is also now a line drawing right under the description so you don't have to flip to the back (as in prior issues) to see the line drawings.  They are right there and convenient!  Now this feature has been admired by Burdaphiles and now it's come to us Vogue lovers too!


Second ~ you know how Burda has all of those weird crafty articles that we all either complain about or silently moan over...really they are kinda corny...well VPM has great sewing articles which cover the spectrum from beginner sewist to advanced sewist.  Articles like "Luxury for Less, upscaled fur" how to recycle a much loved fur coat.  How about "Quick Tips for Mastering Stretch Tulle" by Sandra Betzina?  An article on pressing and irons, called "Iron Clad" and of course a column by Elaine (Selfish Seamstress) called "Delusional Holiday Gift Sewing."

While we've all seen and probably purchased our favorite patterns from one of Club BMV's awesome online sales, it was still wonderful to peruse the beautiful photography...


...and isn't this too reminiscent of Burda...well the old beloved English Burda site that is...before it morphed into what it is now...*sigh*  You know where you could see the new patterns in the magazine before the magazine showed up on your doorstep.  Well we've all seen and partaken of the new patterns from Vogue but the magazine still encourages and inspires.

Finally, they've changed the back view page - giving us the pertinent information upfront and at-a-glance.


Now I know this reads like a love letter and I guess it is a little.  Let's just say I was pleasantly surprised and hope that these changes are here to stay...now if they could include a few more fashionable and/or designer plus size patterns, I would just be over the moon!

If you haven't seen this issue, run right out and pick one up.  If you have a subscription, just wait until this goodness falls into your mailbox...you will see that I wasn't exaggerating.

...more later!

15 comments:

  1. I am an Aussie fan of VPM and we get issues geared towards our seasons, so I will have to wait a while until I see those changes! Sigh.

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  2. Love the red dress on the cover. Agree with Lizzie about waiting times for overseas product.

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  3. Oh I'd love to have a magazine around here (Denmark) that would print the symbols for the body types a pattern would look good on. Ah. :-)

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  4. I just subscribed last month, can't wait till it arrives.

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  5. Thanks for the heads up about the changes. I will check it out next time I am at the bookstore magazine stand.

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  6. I hope my copy is in the mailbox when I get home tonight. I have had a subscription for years and loved the magazine, but I agree the recent changes are a big improvment.

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  7. I may actually get a subscription again. I let it lapse because I just don't sew that many Vogues any more.wom

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  8. This doesn't look anything like the Vogue Pattern Magazine of my past. I really like all the features you pointed out. May just have to pick up a copy of this one and check it out myself.

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  9. Carolyn. I agree with everything you said about Vogue Magazine. I had considered letting my subscription lapse when I started up my Burda subscription. Now I'm glad I kept the Vogue subscription. A big plus for me, even though the patterns aren't included in the magazine, there is no eyestrain in copying. Oh and I can have them in just a few days -if I don't wait for a sale.

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  10. But... but... VPM doesn't include the patterns! So for me, there's absolutely zero point in buying the magazine if I then have to fork out another $20-30 per pattern (and yes, that is what the sell for in the UK). The best this about Burda is that for £5 (~$8) I got 40 patterns. And I get that every single month.

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  11. I'm on the fence. I stopped subscribing to VPM because I don't really sew that many Vogues and the articles seemed like repeats. If they didn't forget their step-sisters, Butterick and McCall's, I would probably be a subscriber again. Sewing Today, the now defunct Butterick mag, was more applicable to me. Although I am tempted by Elaine's new column ...

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  12. Oh, I'll check it out at tomorrow. I usually don't buy the magazine, but I like the articles and the better photos of the garments.

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  13. This was the first issue I've purchase in several years, and it was a pleasant surprise.

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  14. What fun!! for being up in the middle of the night with an asthman attack I found your Blog. I too love Vogue patterns. I am already enjybg your blob as well

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